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Flower-Corsano Duo, MV/EE

Spring Street Gallery, Thursday

Last time both of these bands came through Saratoga, they slipped in under the shroud of darkness, brewed up their particular brand of freaky musical alchemy, and disappeared into the night. It’s not that they’re bashful; they just like to keep it intimate. But this time we’re blowing up their spot because, seriously, this pairing is not to be missed. When he’s not touring and recording with Björk, drummer Chris Corsano is making virtuosic experimental music. With prepared guitarist Michael Flower, the duo deal in ecstatic post-apocalyptic Gamelan. Ecstatic being the operative word in this instance, as they’ll be joined by Vermont psych-folk duo MV/EE, one of the bigger names on Thurston Moore’s experimental label Ecstatic Peace. (April 15, 7:30 PM, $10, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9227)

Jesse Malin

Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social

Jillian’s, Friday

We gots to hand it to Jesse Malin—the guy’s entering his fourth decade in the music business and he’s barely over 40. Of course he’s come a long way since leading New York City hardcore act Heart Attack in his early teens. Nowadays, Malin is prepping the release of his sixth solo album, titled Love It to Life. It’s the first with new backing band, the St. Marks Social, and his first collection of all-new material since 2007’s Glitter in the Gutter. The time off has proven regenerative for the former D Generation frontman: Love It has a kicking rock element, while keeping in line with the singer-songwriterly tone of the Springsteen acolyte’s previous work. Joining Malin and company on Friday are the Slaughterhouse Chorus and the Blisterz. (April 16, 8 PM, $5, 59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997)

Envy on the Coast, the Fall of Troy, Twin Atlantic

Valentine’s, Sunday

Remember when, a decade or so back, all the cool suburban kids were singing about how boring the suburbs were over those three chords they lifted from that Blink 182 song? Well, good news: Pop-punk music has yielded more than massive dividends for Hot Topic and Pac Sun. Nearly every member of the three bands on Sunday’s bill have some history with pop-punk, but look what they’ve become. Long Island’s Envy on the Coast have moved on to early-’90s-style alt-rock, and Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic have a distinct Silverchair thing going on. The Fall of Troy, on the other hand, went all-in on proggy post-hardcore. Looks like there’s hope for kids these days after all. (April 18, 7 PM, $14, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Janis Ian, Karla Bonoff

The Egg, Sunday

A recent trend among old-school singer-songwriter types has seen performers that would otherwise be draws on their own teaming up for co-headline tours. Here’s a fine example of that: Sunday’s show at the Egg finds the classic voices and song catalogs of Janis Ian and Karla Bonoff together for one very special evening. Ian’s career, marked by such evergreen tunes as “Society’s Child” and the Grammy Hall of Fame-inducted “At Seventeen,” has now spanned five decades, with no sign of abating; her current tour coincides with the release of an autobiography and a new best-of compilation. Bonoff has the byline on scores of great love songs—though she hasn’t recorded an album of new material in more than 20 years, it’s still worth turning up to hear the hits. (April 18, 7:30 PM, $28, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

The Used

Northern Lights, Wednesday

While some of the bands mentioned above have changed their ways since their pop-punk beginnings, Utah band the Used basically decided to drop any sense of pop for their latest record, Artwork, putting the “scream” in screamo like never before. Artwork is a magnum opus about self-loathing, from a band who have loathed they selves muchly in the past. The more things change, and so on. The Used are joined on their spring jaunt by Michigan post-hardcore act Chiodos, whose sound hasn’t changed a whole lot in 10 years, but their vocalist has—Brandon Bolmer, formerly of Yesterday’s Rising, joined the band for their forthcoming third album. New Medicine open. (April 21, 7 PM, $25, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Also Noted

Jared Funari

The George Muscatello Trio play their semi-regular gig tonight (Thursday) at Quintessence; we had a chance to hear Muscatello’s new CD, Angel Dust, recently and it’s completely insane, in the best possible way (9 PM, free, 434-8186). . . . Carbon Leaf will play a rescheduled show tomorrow (Friday) at the Egg, after their February date was snowed out (7:30 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . If you must know, it kinda looks like a duck-billed platypus: Tigersapien bring their electro-fusion thing to Red Square Saturday night, with guests Dirty Paris (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Saturday brings the release of You Are the Sun, the long-in-the-making debut album from one-man-band Jared Funari; the release event, at Valentine’s, doubles as a birthday party for the performer, and also features music from the Emergency Empire and Mirk and the New Familiars (8 PM, $10, 473-1845). . . . The Bonoff-Ian double bill isn’t the only inspired pairing of female artists at the Egg this week: Shawn Colvin and Garrison Starr team up for a gig at the Swyer Theater Saturday night (8 PM, $34.50, 473-1845). . . . We knew they were classy: The Red Lions bring their chamber-pop to a room known for its chamber-friendliness, at Hubbard Hall on Saturday (8 PM, $8-$12, 677-2495). . . . Usually seen onstage with David Bromberg, Angel Band will do a show of their own at Caffe Lena Sunday evening (7 PM, $24, 583-0022). . . . From Utica to you: Blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa turns it up for a sold-out show at the Egg on Tuesday (7:30 PM, 473-1845). . . . Guitar woman Del Ray plays a concert Wednesday night at Old Songs; the performance will be preceded by a ukelele workshop with the artist (8 PM, $20, 765-2815).


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